LINGUIST List 13.3103

Tue Nov 26 2002

Books: Chinese Syntax: Xing (ed.)

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  1. LINCOM.EUROPA, Grammaticalization of Verbs in Mandarin Chinese: Xing (ed)

Message 1: Grammaticalization of Verbs in Mandarin Chinese: Xing (ed)

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 10:30:59 +0000
Subject: Grammaticalization of Verbs in Mandarin Chinese: Xing (ed)

Title: Grammaticalization of Verbs in Mandarin Chinese
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 47
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Editor: Janet Zhiqun Xing 

Hardback: ISBN: 3895867551, Pages: 139, Price: USD 44 / EUR 44 / GBP
This study demonstrates that many processes of syntactic and semantic
change discussed in the literature (e.g. Traugott and Heine 1991,
Hopper and Traugott 1993, Heine 1993, Bybee et al. 1994) occur in the
grammaticalization of Chinese verbs. In addition to that, there are a
number of significant tendencies in the grammaticalization of Chinese
verbs compared with those from typologically different languages. For
instance, semantic categories vary among the verbs that enter into
grammaticalization; the source meaning does not determine the path of
grammaticalization;and grammaticalization does not entail
desemantization. Evidence is presented to show that all verbs
investigated in this study have undergone three stages of syntactic
reanalysis: serialization, de-centralization, and
functionalization. As to semantic change, pragmatic inferencing plays
a crucial role throughout the process of all cases of
grammaticalization. It is argued that this is primarily attributed to
the isolating nature of the Chinese language.

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Lingfield(s): Language Description, 
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (Language Code: CHN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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